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Current Affairs 8th February 2020

1. RBI Announces the roll out of a New Digital Payment Index
  • By July 2020.
  • It will assess and capture the extent of digitalization of payments effectively.
  • Fiscal deficit is budgeted to decline to 3.5% of GDP for 2020-21.
  • MPEDA proposes Rs 2500 crore project to modernise fishing harbours.
  • (MPEDA) : Marine Products Export Development Authority.
  • Upgradation and modernisation 25 fishing harbours in the country.
2. Philip Barton appointed Britain’s new High Commissioner to India
  • succeed Dominic Asquith.
  • He joined the FCO in 1986 and is a career diplomat.
  • He was Private Secretary to PMs John Major and Tony Blair.
3. Airbus signs aircraft services MoU with Adani Defence and Aerospace
  • to leverage synergies in aerospace and aircraft services.
  • Airbus India President and MD : Anand Stanley.
4. NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after record-setting stay in space
  • Koch returned after an 11-month mission.
  • Spent 328 days on International Space Station (ISS).
  • Breaks the world record for the most time spent by a woman in space
  • She surpassed the record of American Peggy Whitson (289 days).
5. China starts clinical trial for remdesivir medicine in coronavirus treatment
  • A 68-year-old male patient with serious symptoms was the first to be given the drug.
  • Remdesivir, an antiviral drug, a novel nucleotide analog prodrug.
6. IIT-Hyderabad researchers make headway in potential treatment of ALS
  • ALS is a rare & debilitating neurodegenerative disorder that affects the voluntary movement of the muscles.
  • ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
7. Cooperative banks to come under RBI watch
  • The Union Cabinet approved an amendment to the Banking Regulation Act.
  • To prevent a repeat of Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank-like crisis.
  • There are 1,540 cooperative banks with a depositor base of 8.6cr.
8. SAI (Sport Authority of India) & Hockey India launch High Performance Centres
  • Centres in 7 places to provide state-of-the-art facilities to Junior & Sub-Junior players.
  • aimed at grooming young talent in view of 2024 & 2028 Olympic Games.
  • SAI HQ- New Delhi.
  • Hockey India HQ- New Delhi.
9. Hollywood veteran actor Kirk Douglas passes away in US
  • Kirk Douglas passed away at 103 in California
  • He was prolific as a film actor, with more than 90 credits to his name – ranging over 6 decades from the 1940s to the 2000s.
  • He is best-known for his role as Spartacus.
  • He earned 1st Oscar nomination for 1949 boxing story-Champion.
10. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner steps down after 11-year stint
  • Jeff Weiner announced that his 11-year stint as CEO of the company will end on May 31.
  • He will join the LinkedIn board as its executive chairman.
  • he will be replaced in the role by Ryan Roslansky, who is currently the vice president of products.
  • Microsoft is LinkedIn’s parent company.

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